Max Heine

A rare glimpse into the trucking lifestyle

Photographer Kim Reierson's work appears in the book "Eighteen" and Overdrive's new trucker appreciation video.

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Victim finds way to locate unnamed trucker hero

Gerry Bisaillon had worked quite a few accident scenes in his years of service with volunteer fire departments. Little did he expect that one pre-dawn January morning he was about to trade places and become the victim. Last January, he was driving to his mother-in-law’s house to drop off his daughters for day care. “This morning the roads were absolutely treacherous,” he recalled. It wasn’t just patches of ice, but “sheer black ice.” It was so ...

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Will DVIR relief give you a piece of $1.7 billion?

The new DOT chief, Anthony Fox, to his credit announced a proposed rule this week that would eliminate the requirement for filing a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report when no defects are found with truck or trailer. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says no-defect DVIRs account for 95 percent of the filings. Anything that reduces red tape in trucking is a good thing. This same step was taken last year with a comparable requirement for truck ...

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Hours of service option: Earning flexibility

Gold Card status would bring freedom from hours of service regs on the assumption that this is an experienced, safe, mature driver who knows to drive when rested and rest when tired.

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AP: Gotcha! Traffic cams’ massive data piles create privacy issues

Truckers by now have become familiar with the increasingly detailed electronic trail they create. Certainly any driver who’s been through the log book wringer by an ambulance chaser following a wreck knows all the time stamps out there. Pro drivers are also more aware of traffic cameras than most four-wheelers, though many motorists are doing some catching up, thanks to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. It sheds light on how extensive ...

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Big Bertha works the gas fields, but still shines

Eric Lazos put a lot of love into his 1999 Peterbilt 379 and still crosses the country to serve oil and gas fields.

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Deadly four-wheelers and vicarious revenge

You might think that New Year’s Day is the year’s deadliest for traffic fatalities, but it’s not. July 4 takes that honor.

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Vehicles expected to gather and share more data

"Connected vehicle” technology means any vehicle picking up information and sharing it with vehicles around it.

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Quick-thinking driver uses special equipment in rescue

Owner-operator Scott Rosenburg rescued a drowning motorist after happening upon a pickup that had veered off the road and into a pond.

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Credit, net income improving for owner-operators

A few sunny spots for owner-operators, and a few tips on increasing the profitability of your operation.

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